Jig Color

What is the best color for the crappie jig

When fishing for both White Crappie and Black Crappie the color of the jig you use is very important. If you look at these species you will immediately notice the size of their eyes. They have much larger eyes than similar size fish of various different species. They are primarily sight feeders and when choosing an artificial lure this trait must be accounted for. In my opinion the number one color for Crappie jigs is bright florescent pink. The term “pinkie jig” has applied to Crappie jigs for over fifty years. This color jig is best fishing near the surface of the water in somewhat shallow water settings. As you fish in deeper water I like to switch to a chartreuse color jig. Chartreuse seems to be more visible as the water gets deeper. The question that is most important when fishing for Crappie is the presentation of the jig. Crappie are a unique species, they generally like to suspend and feed at specific depths that can change from day to day and even hour to hour. When fishing for this species you need to thoroughly cover each possible depth before declaring an area dead. Crappie are not a very aggressive fish, you need to keep a slow to medium retrieve speed. If you are fishing in heavy winds you can even suspend your jig underneath a bobber and let the motion of the water provide the movement required to entice a strike. When all else fails it helps to tip your jigs with a small minnow or maggot.


Dan Eggertsen is a fellow crappie fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on crappie fishing since 2004.

One Response to “Jig Color”

  1. jack mitchell says:

    Dan – we need help on crappie fishin = none or VERY FEW IN W TEX OR nm..WE NEED A GOOD LAKE & guide next spring to go and catch a string…. your comments will be appreicated.

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